Concrete mix designs can be complex. Usually, but not always, mix codes are designed to indicate something about the composition or performance of the mix design. "What is the best way to name concrete mix designs?" What should be considered in the naming process, and should the same logic be uniform across the industry?

Jay Shilstone, concrete technology consultant and contributing blogger for The Concrete Producer is conducting a survey to determine how ready-mix producers select their mix codes to help provide a suggestion on the best way to name mix designs.

“Of course, I have my own opinion,” says Shilstone. “But I would like to find out what others are doing. Does your mix code reflect the composition or performance of the mix, or is it arbitrary?”

We’re curious about this as well. Would it benefit you, the concrete producer, to have a naming convention that is similar to others, or do you see a potential problem in sharing your unique way of coding?

Shilstone has received responses from throughout the U.S. and Canada but is looking to get a worldwide point of view. Click here to participate in the survey. We will provide the results along with Shilstone’s thoughts once the survey is complete. The idea isn’t to have anyone change an existing system that works, but some people are looking to merge multiple systems and this might help them standardize their naming convention.

While we’re talking about surveys, have you completed the TCP Survey? Once again, The Concrete Producer is surveying readers to find out who's leading the industry and why. Now is your chance to tell us – and your peers – what's been driving your success over the past year, and what lies ahead. We'll publish survey results, interviews, and producer photos in the September/October issue. One lucky participant who completes this year’s survey will win $500.